According to a news release from the family, Mitchell was a Navy test pilot from 1958-1972. The newspaper claimed Mitchell said UFOs had helped prevent nuclear war.
In 1984, he co-founded the Association of Space Explorers, and global organization for all who "share experience of space travel". "You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, 'Look at that, you (censored)"'.
With Mitchell's demise, of the 12 men who have walked on the lunar surface, seven survive, viz. Buzz Aldrin, Alan Bean, John W. Young, Harrison Schmitt, David Scott, Charles Duke and Eugene Cernan. He also tried to prove that the supposed psychic spoon bender Uri Geller and faith healers were legitimate.
In a condolence message, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden expressed his condolences to the bereaved family and friends of Mitchell.
Mitchell retired from NASA a year later, and in 1973, he founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences, which focused on his newfound interest in consciousness and other paranormal leanings.
When the astronauts on Apollo 13 ran into trouble following a mid-flight explosion, Mitchell assisted in devising ways to bring the threatened crew safely back to Earth.
Mitchell, an astronaut who was spiritually transformed by his journey to the moon in 1971 and who devoted much of the rest of his life to exploring esoteric realms of science, psychic phenomena and the existence of extraterrestrial beings, died February 4 at a hospice in West Palm Beach, Fla.
Mitchell, Alan Shepard and Stuart Roosa were the crew of Apollo 14, which launched on January 31, 1971.
Edgar Dean Mitchell was born September 17, 1930, in Hereford, Tex., into a ranching family.
He was the last living astronaut of the Apollo 14 mission. He had a B.S.in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon (1952), a B.S.in Aeronautics from the US Naval Postgraduate School (1961). and a Doctorate in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1964).
Shepard and Mr. Mitchell spent 33 hours on the moon, the longest period of any astronauts, including more than nine hours outside the lunar module. His death coincides with the 45th anniversary of his Apollo 14 mission.
"Looking at Earth from space and seeing it was a planet in isolation ... that was an experience of ecstasy, realizing that every molecule in our bodies is a system of matter created from a star hanging in space", Mitchell told the UK Telegraph in 2014. "New Mexico is privileged to have been home to two Apollo-era moonwalkers and we are all saddened for the loss of this awesome man".